JUST IN : Former Atlanta Braves Outfielder Just Misses MLB Pension Eligibility by a Day…..

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker speaks during a baseball news conference Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals and Braves are scheduled to play Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Sunday in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Just seven days following a rain-induced cancellation of their game against the San Francisco Giants on September 29 of that particular year, an encounter the Braves were under no obligation to reschedule, Gary Cooper found himself demoted back to the minor leagues, a transition from which he never returned to the Major League. Following a solitary additional season within the Braves’ developmental system, notably with the 1981 Durham Bulls, Cooper made the pivotal decision to retire from professional baseball.

Reflecting on his departure from the sport, Cooper expressed a sense of contentment and a lack of necessity to prove himself in the minor leagues any longer. He articulated, “I didn’t have nothin’ to prove back in the minors,” elucidating his conviction that it was an opportune moment to bring his baseball career to a close.

However, what eluded Cooper’s awareness at the time, and only became apparent to him many years later, was the tantalizing proximity he had reached to a significant milestone: eligibility for a pension from the Major League Baseball Players Association. A mere twenty-four hours, equivalent to just one additional day on the Braves’ roster, stood between him and the attainment of this milestone—an unforeseen twist of fate that carried profound implications for his post-career financial security.

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